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32 Recipes For Your Baking Bucket List

Don your apron and dive into the ultimate baking bucket list. We're bringing you oven-ready recipes that range from simple to showstopper.

Best-Ever Banana Bread

Difficulty Level: Easy

Whenever I pass a display of bananas in the grocery store, I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of this bread. I always stock up on bananas just to make it! —Gert Kaiser, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding

Difficulty Level: Easy

My son loves pear crisp, but one night I was making bread pudding. He asked if I could make both. I compromised by combining two desserts into this one dish. It’s absolutely fantastic! —Kurt Wait, Redwood City, California

Caramel Toffee Brownies

Difficulty Level: Easy

I love to make up recipes for foods that I am craving, such as chocolate, toffee and caramel. They came together in this brownie for one sensational treat. I frequently make these to add to care packages for family and friends. —Brenda Caughell, Durham, North Carolina

Spiced Peach Cobbler

Difficulty Level: Easy

When you tuck into this warm and comforting fresh peach cobbler, you won’t miss the extra fat and calories a bit! —Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York

Super Chunky Cookies

Difficulty Level: Easy

Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these cookies that feature loads of chocolate! When friends ask me to make “those cookies,” I know exactly what recipe they mean.-Rebecca Jendry, Spring Branch, Texas

Buttery Corn Bread

Difficulty Level: Easy

A friend gave me this recipe several years ago, and it’s my favorite. I love to serve the melt-in-your mouth corn bread hot from the oven with butter and syrup. It gets rave reviews on holidays and at potluck dinners. —Nicole Callen, Auburn, California

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Difficulty Level: Easy

Here’s the perfect dessert for chocoholics—like me! I bake the melt-in-your-mouth torte all the time for special occasions. For an elegant finish, dust it with confectioners’ sugar. —Kayla Albrecht, Freeport, Illinois

Bake-Sale Lemon Bars

Difficulty Level: Easy

The recipe for these tangy lemon bars comes from my cousin Bernice, a farmer’s wife famous for cooking up feasts. — Mildred Keller, Rockford, Illinois

Amish Sugar Cookies

Difficulty Level: Easy

These easy-to-make cookies simply melt in your mouth! I’ve passed the recipe around to many friends. After I gave the recipe to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won the “best of show” prize! —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri

Delicious Almond Braids

Difficulty Level: Easy

Similar to an almond crescent, this coffee cake is light and flaky, with a rich almond center. It’s so versatile you can serve it for dessert, breakfast or brunch. It will taste as if it was made from scratch at a bakery, yet the packaged puff pastry makes the recipe quick and easy. —Gina Idone, Staten Island, New York

Basic Homemade Bread

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here’s a basic yeast-risen white bread that bakes up deliciously golden brown. I enjoy the aroma of freshly baked homemade bread in my kitchen. —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York

Buttermilk Angel Biscuits

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

When I make these slightly sweet biscuits, sometimes I cut them and fold over one side about a third of the way for a more traditional look. —Carol Holladay, Danville, Alabama

Best Cinnamon Rolls

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

I always prepare this roll recipe from my husband’s family for our church conferences. Serve them with scrambled eggs, and you have a filling breakfast. As a variation, you can replace the cinnamon filling with a mixture of raisins and pecans. —Shenai Fisher, Topeka, Kansas

State Fair Cream Puffs

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

The Wisconsin Bakers Association has served these treats at our state fair since 1924. —Ruth Jungbluth, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Buttery Crescent Rolls

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

I always have to double the recipe for these buttery rolls because they never last long. You can shape them any way you like, but to me, a crescent shape is so pretty. -Kelly Kirby, Westville, Nova Scotia

Bacon Date Bread

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

There is a standing joke between friends that whenever I’m asked to bring a dish to a party, it always contains bacon. My partner loves bacon-wrapped dates and my grandmother got me hooked on date-nut bread, so I made a sweet and salty combination of these recipes. —Terrie Gammon, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

French Loaves

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

My kids love to help me make this delicious bread recipe. It’s quite easy, and they enjoy the fact that they can be eating fresh bread in less than two hours! —Denise Boutin, Grand Isle, Vermont

Mocha-Hazelnut Glazed Angel Food Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

I love this recipe because it combines three of my favorite flavors: coffee, hazelnuts and cherries. —Joan Pecsek, Chesapeake, Virginia

Grandma's Favorite Hot Cross Buns

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

My husband’s Grandma used to make these every year for Good Friday, and I carry on the tradition with my own version of her recipe. I make 6 dozen every year, and they all disappear. —Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky

Caramelized Baked Custards

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Creme brulee is our favorite dessert and we love Irish cream liqueur, so I decided to put them together for a dinner finale we truly love. With a last name like Moynihan and a husband named Patrick, you can tell St. Patrick’s Day is a very big holiday in our house! -Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

Mixed Berry Pie

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here’s a delightful way to enjoy summertime fruits. If you’re short on one of the berries, just make up the amount with one of the other fruits in the pie. —Elaine Moody, Clever, MissouriHow to Make a Lattice Pie

Cast-Iron Peach Crostata

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

While the crostata, an open-faced fruit tart, is actually Italian, my version’s peach filling is American all the way. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

A classic recipe like this never goes out of style! It’s delicious with the traditional pineapple, but try it with peaches or a combination of cranberries and orange. —Bernardine Melton, Paola, Kansas

Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you’ll see why this velvety beauty won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Difficulty Level: Advanced

I created this creamy cheesecake using two favorites—caramel and pecans. It’s a stunning cake and rivals any I’ve tasted. —Deidre Sizer, Cedarville, Ohio

Hazelnut Mocha Eclairs

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Once you try these, especially the filling, you’ll be in heaven. They make a special ending to a meal or treat to afternoon coffee clutch.—Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois

Florida Citrus Meringue Pie

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Why limit a great dessert to just one kind of citrus fruit? Thanks to orange and lemon, this lovely pie packs a bold sweet-tart flavor! -Barbara Carlucci, Orange Park, Florida

Cardamom Twist

Difficulty Level: Advanced

This golden bread has a soft, tender texture and the perfect amount of cardamom flavor in every bite. Slices are especially good with a cream cheese spread or fresh honey butter. Carla Miller, Pasco, Washington

Honey Nut & Cream Cheese Baklava

Difficulty Level: Advanced
I love serving impressive desserts that look like you spent hours in the kitchen when, in reality, they’re really easy to make. This is one of those recipes. —Cheryl Lundquist, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Walnut Pumpkin Cake Roll

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Who knew something this impressive could start with a cake mix! The mini chocolate chips add a tasty crunch to each slice. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

German Apple Strudel

Difficulty Level: Advanced

This gorgeous strudel has just what you crave this time of year: thin layers of flaky crust and lots of juicy apples. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Mini Neapolitan Baked Alaskas

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Surprise-there’s ice cream inside! With fancy looks and decadent flavor, this recipe’s a real showstopper. Kids and adults will love this scaled-down classic. -Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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